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(screams) whoo! (screams) ohh! (whack) ooh! (chuckles) captioned by closed captioning services, inc. th the choices we all have to make. what we wrestle inside our head. will we choose love or lust? to tell the truth or lie? but what we choose can lead to a dream or a nightmare. now, tonight, we unlock the secrets of your mind, why we do what we do. tonight, brain food. hunger, hard wired in your mind. this woman is about to undergo the radical weight loss attempt in history. doctors will go inside her brain to try and stop her cravings. >> oh, wow. >> and she'll be awake the
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entire time and this isn't some midnight snack. these people are eating uncontrolbly. and they're dead asleep. >> they're like sleeping zombies and this night eating can be dangerous. plus, addicted to food? ice cream, doughnuts. pizza >> i love salty, snacky, sweet, anything. >> while some of us feel compelled to eat even when we're not hungry. >> once i started i wouldn't stop. >> the answer may be in our mind. good evening. i'm cynthia mcfadden and welcome to "nightline prime: secrets of your mind." for millions of americans the fight against fat is waged daily with a procession of fad diets and exercise regimes. scientists are discovering that our obsession with food has a lot to do with our mind.
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why we eat too much and perhaps make the cravings stop. here's martin bashir. >> reporter: this is a country consumed by food. >> i would like to order your largest chocolate shake please. >> reporter: american eats 1 million chocolate every second. 100 acres of pizza per day. and enough pasta to circle the equator nine times. >> you get a lot for the little. >> reporter: 85,000 restaurants in the united states alone. but this love affair with food has led to the inevitable american is fatter than any other country on the planet. a staggering two-thirds of the u.s. population is overweight. or obese. >> americans are heavier than ever. >> struggling with obesity. >> reporter: but the country is
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waking up to the problem. calorie burning tv shows. from the biggest loser. >> reporter: to battling celebrity-endorsed diet plans. to more radical approaches like lap bands and gastric bypass surgery and now, cutting-edge science is focusing its atense on the surge of obesity, but not where you might think. >> sensations that we perceive in our stomach is actually coming from the brain. >> reporter: neurosurgeons believe that if you can control the brain, you can control the game. >> come on. come on. good girl. >> reporter: for one woman in west virginia, carol poe, obesity is the most painful problem in the world. >> ever since i could remember, i have had weight problems. my whole life, i have done all
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kinds of crazy things to lose weight. i love food. i have always loved food. i love to cook and i love to eat. it's simple. i went through a three-liter bottle of popsi per day. if you imagine your day, and all you think about what am i going to eat next? it's like you're in prison. >> reporter: she's tried almost everything to reduce your body weight. from dieting to bariatric surgery. >> i have had these things done but i'm still hungry. the heaviest i was, 480 pounds. 490 pounds. when i had my stomach stapled. because if i didn't do something i probably wouldn't live to be 50. and the doctors said, carol, if you don't lose weight you're going to die. she's 16.
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this is zach, he's 17. i have two children. i don't want to die and leave my children for somebody else to raise. >> reporter: nothing worked. she's still morbidly obese. she's 230 pounds and 5'2". >> i haven't kept it off. there's got to be another reason. zbrr now, at the age of 60, she's decided to offer herself up as a literal guinea pig, in the most radical treatment ever devised for treatment. tomorrow morning, a team of surgeons at west virginia university are going to target her cravings by opening up her head. attempting to battle her obesity with brain surgery. >> if the good lord don't want me to have it den, he'll give me
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a reason not to have it done. he didn't give me no reason. so, i'm ready for it. >> this is the application of new surgical technology, one of the most important health care problems in the world. and certainly in our country. many people have done everything they can. maybe there's some p predisposition. >> reporter: she'll be one of the first patients in the world to take part in an innovative new study to require participants to try every other attempt at weight loss. >> you're all set sf. >> i'm ready. >> reporter: doctors will use deep brain stimulation a procedure in which electricity is introduced to specific parts of the brain, this will only be the second time in the united states that this has been done for obesity. >> deep brain stimulation to put electrodes deep in the brain and
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deliver tiny amounts of electricity that can alter the behavior. >> what do you hope the sensation will be with her problem with obesity. >> a sensation of fullness, lack of compulsion to consume excess calor calories. >> reporter: hunger pains? >> exactly. >> reporter: there are risks associated with this surgery. from infection to hemorrhaging and in the most remote of cases, less than 1% paralysis or even death. >> for some, it may seem radical that electrodes should put in the brain. someone should be doing brain surgery for obesity. >> let's get this show on the road. >> reporter: what would you say to somebody who looks at you and say, why couldn't you just lose weight by an act of the will? >> well, tried that.
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i tried the liquid protein. i tried redux, fen-phen. i had stomach bypass. i tried the atkins. i have tried them all. it's just not coming off. >> reporter: one thing having your stomach stapled. but what about the idea of having your brain opened up? >> you take chances every day. i feel like, if it's something that can help me and other people down the road. >> reporter: but they're going to open your skull. >> if i didn't do, i would always have a doubt of why i didn't do it. i feel pretty confident. i feel like i'm in good hands. like halloween or something. oh, wow. isn't that beautiful? man, this thing must weigh 50 pounds. >> no quite. >> if we can go and readjust
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that e elect call energy. we change the met bottic rate. >> reporter: two-thirds of the population of merge is overweight. that's over 66%. you can't tell me that every one of them needs to have dbs. >> we're not saying that. this isn't for overweight patients. this is for obese patient and here we go, guys. >> that have failed every nontreatment that we have. >> reporter: when we come back, carol poe opens her brain up to science and she'll be awake the entire time. watch this.
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>> reporter: carol poe is about to have brain surgery. to combat her morbid obesity. it's a radical new treatment, and for carol, an experimental
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last resort. neurosurgeon dr. donald whiting is leading the charge. he'll target the hypothalamus, the hunger center of her brain. what would you say toñr medicalization gone crazy? people need to get a grip. >> i disagree completely with that. if we can adjust the rate at which people burn calories, the metabolic rates and signals throughout the body, that's a much more all-compassing way to treat the problem. >> reporter: once her skull is penetrated, the brain tissue itself has no brain receptors. surgeons will drill about ten centimeters into carol poe's brain. through a pathway of tissue does
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not affect other functions. a wire will be introduced that will ultimately carry an electrical pulse. you're still comfortable in here? >> yes, aam i think the best part of the surgery was that i was awake and i got to hear everything that was going on. he said, now, we're going to use the drill. >> a lot of vibrations. >> so i could hear the drill drilling into my head and i thought, oh, my god, it didn't hurt. >> it's a little plastic anchor. what it holds the electrodes later on. you do have a hard head. this is just a carrier for it. >> reporter: after an hour the doctors believe they're close to their tart and start to introduce an electrical current.
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>> let us know if you feel anything. because they're awake, will you be looking for reactions from the patients? positive reactions? >> during this procedure, when we have the electroding we'll ask her if she has a feeling of hunger? >> reporter: you can control it by the level of electricity you're applying? doctors are inside carol's brain and talking to her at the same time. >> i had to tell them if i felt anything different. like i started getting real hot. >> reporter: they adjust the placement of the electrode zmrs i feel like i'm getting hot. >> oh yeah. >> reporter: a hundred of a millimeter at a time. the body's thermostat is near the cravings center. fluctuating body temperature is
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an encouraging sign for doctors. >> he said, are you getting sick? i said no. i'm doing good. >> reporter: the voltage triggers something very familiar to carol. >> if you get any urge for food, tell us. all at once i wanted a pepsi so bad. >> reporter: day reached the feeding center of her brain. most miraculously, doctors are literally controlling carol's stomach through her brain. >> i feel like i'm getting indy jegs. >> are you? >> yeah. >> okay. >> i feel lime i'm going to vomit. i'm hot. >> my whole body's hot. >> is that getting worse or about the same? >> i'm better, yeah, i'm better.
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it's getting better. >> it is? >> i'm going to be all right. >> i guarantee you will be all right. >> they were at that point in my brain that was controlling burping or vomiting. he had to know where that brain cell was to do that. you know how when you have to burp? it's coming up into my throat. >> reporter: she fluctuates between feelings of nausea and normality. doctors found their target. >> i did get sick a few times. it would go away. >> it was really pretty neat to make the brain do what you want it to do. >> it's pretty much gone. yeah, much better. >> better? >> good.
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>> reporter: dr. whiting is ecstatic. >> it's kind of like scoring a touchdown. it's exactly what we wanted to get with the location and the voltage showing the adjustability and the effect of the nausea. >> reporter: after three hours, the surgery is over. carol poe will remain in the hospital and two pacemakers device will put into her chest. it will control the amount of voltage sent to her brain. >> just below that threshold of nausea. readjust her weight thermostat. >> reporter: in other words, when the devices are turned on, they're hoping that the electrical pulse will tell carol's brain that she's full, thereby curbing her desire to eat.
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>> they were able to increase the voltage and suddenly see in the patient, an reaction from her digestive system. >> the stomach itself is not the center of eating. perhaps. we talk about how our stomach is growling or our stomach needs food, this makes us realize that it's coming from another area the brain. >> reporter: the morning area, carol is irrepressible. >> i really feel good. i could go home if they let me. >> reporter: three weeks later, the devices are under the on. according to doctors, it will be several months before any weight loss is noticeable and our cameras will be there every step of the way. when we come back -- will carol's radical surgery lead to radical weight loss. and -- >> it's scary.
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disorder that literally compels her to eat almost anything in her path, while she's fast asleep. >> reporter: it's late at night and anna ryan is restless. like millions of other americans, ryan finds herself drawn to the kitchen for an unhealthy midnight snack. now, what's going on? >> moving right past the fruit, right to the junk, can't tell what it is. some boxed goodie, probably. >> reporter: abc news taped anna's nocturnal activities and we asked her to watch them with us you're accumulating quite a lot of food in your hands. >> yes. >> reporter: just one phase of one night. >> yes. >> reporter: it's the ritual that anna can occur up to four times a night. again, you find yourself back to the bedroom. and now, you've got food on the
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bedside table. >> i'll look at that. lying down and chewing. >> reporter: when you look at that, how do you feel about that if. >> it's scary and unbelievable. it's sickening. >> reporter: because from bed to kitchen and back again, anna has been asleep the entire time. >> that's my biggest fear. >> reporter: that's dangerous, isn't it? >> that i'm going to choke to death. >> reporter: that you had no recollection that you had done anything of this in the morning? >> no, i never have any recollection. >> reporter: but you're completely asleep? >> yes. unbelievable that i could do those things and not remember them. >> reporter: what you're watching are the shocking symptoms of a disorder that neuroscientists say affects. >> john: than a million americans, most of them women. a patient gorges on food while in deep asleep. anna believes that she's been eating in her sleep up to 20
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years. >> there was food missing. then i would find wrappers, usually about the house, sometimes i would find things out of place. diets would work real well and all of a sudden, they wouldn't work at all. >> reporter: a sleepwalker from the age of 12. anna and her doctors only recently began to piece together a bizarre scenario. she raids her kitchen in the dead of night, not aware of amount of calories she's consuming. >> there's me and then there's other person who comes at night and i do things that i don't do during the day. >> reporter: it's like the ghost of anna? >> that's a scary thought, you know. >> pay shepts who have a sleep behavior disorder, when they see a tape of themselves, they're shock. >> reporter: dr. carlos schepg is one of the experts in sleep
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research. he was among one of the first to study sleep related sleeping disorder. >> it's a mixed state of sleep. it's a disassociated state. humans can be partially awake and partially asleep. >> reporter: the problem may begin in one key part of the brain known as the frontal lobe. >> the frontal lobe is the seat of judgment. studies show during sleep the frontal lobe is shut down. >> reporter: while the frontal lobe is asleep, the rest of the brain may become more active and direct the sleep eater to immediately seek food. >> they get up, see their environment, they know where the kitchen is, they have no inhibition and that's their problem.
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>> reporter: during her worst period she gained 60 pounds during her sleep eating. she has had to deal hypertension and high cholesterol. the compulsion to eat goes beyond food. at home anna and her husband kenny lock cabinets, because a sleep eater's diet can become surprisingly diverse. my nephews found me eating an sos pad. scouring pad that has a detergent in it. >> reporter: and you didn't wake up when you were eating? >> no i never wake up when i'm eating. it doesn't matter what you're eating. >> we had patients consume egg shells and coca-cola in a blender and consume it. they eat elmer's glue.
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they're walking around headless. >> reporter: many people hearing your story, might be tempted to think that it's just a case of hunger that you're hungry and that's why you're eating at night? >> no, that's not the case. >> it's compulsion to eat but not a hunger-driven behavior. it's not a psychological problem. it's a force coming from within your brain and body to eat at night. >> reporter: this overwhelming physiolo physiological force, known as parasomniac, it can cause someone to engage in activities ranging from sleep walking, to sleep sex, all while asleep. >> all bets are off. >> reporter: in the safety of the sleep lab, these behaviors
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may appear merely odd. in the real world, dr. schenck these patients are putting themselves in great physical danger. >> people put napkins in toaster and started fires. we're talking about major risk of injuries. >> i woke up in bed, covered in blood, looking on the sheets. i'm checking it out to see where it is. my front tooth was gone. i fell down the stairs and completely tore my knee out and had to have the acl reconstructed. we tried physical restraints against medical advice. >> reporter: what happened? >> they don't work. >> reporter: for anna the damaging effect of her sleep eating may have nothing to do with any serious physical injury, when you talk about this condition, what kind of reaction do you get? >> they laugh.
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>> reporter: do you ever get the impression that people think that you're making an excuse of being overweight sf. >> most definitely. people perceive it as a will power problem and it's not. there are a lot of people out there who suffer from this. it. >> how are you doing? >> with the help of her sleep specialist, anna has found occasional success with a combination of drugs, but work on her brain to lessen her sleep eating as well as lose weight. >> want cheese on your -- >> reporter: for now, the connection between sleep and eating remains a mysterious one and like so many other patients with this disorder, anna's battle to lose weight and get a good night's rest continues. how determined are you to deal with the problem? >> very determined. i'm going to do what it takes to get better. i really don't know what to expect. i just know i'm going to live
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the grocery store counter. >> bacon and egg sandwich. that kind of stuff. i love salty, sweet anything. >> reporter: wells would obsess about food and eat when he wasn't hungry. >> once i started i wouldn't stop. >> reporter: the 45-year-old father father of two, weighted 341 pounds. his size 56 pants were tight. >> just the pain with my knees going up and down the stairs. >> the brains of millions of americans are being hijacked by food that is increase dmri layer and loaded with fat, sugar and salt. >> reporter: he's the former head of food and drugged a manipulate strags and like greg wells, he suffered from overwhelming food cravings. >> i have suits in every size. what was going on? why does that chocolate chip
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cookie have so much power over me? why was it so hard? >> reporter: to find, he began intensely researching the brain, working with dr. dana small, they scanned the brains of several obsess subjects. >> we're honing in parts of the brain with food award. >> reporter: it reacts in anticipation. once they're given a taste of the milkshake, it turns off. for test subjects it remains on. >> it's the roller-coaster in the mouth. when it goes swoosh, that stimulation, you reach it for again and again. >> reporter: he believes roughly 70 million people are wired in such a way that they're literally hooked on food. >> it's not because you're lazy
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and not self-disciplined. it could be the smell, just the location, visual. >> reporter: for many, these signals may be overwhelming. he calls people with this condition, hypereaters. >> i have one piece of chocolate. i got that down. >> reporter: we brought together a panel of hypereaters to help illuminate his findings. she had gastric bypass, but can't stop fix satifixit aing o mary says that she's been an ov overeater the entire time. attention center of brain is different for hypereaters. kristine would get distracted at the mere mention of food.
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he believes that it's no coincidence that food manufacturers have engineered salty, fatty foods help trigger exactly what we crave. >> put it on every corner. make it available 24/7. make it socially acceptable to eat any time. >> reporter: research has shown that fat, sugar and salt activate dopamine pathways. >> for some of us, it could be alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, it could be gambling or sex. we're wired to focus on the daily stimuli. >> i use it as my friend, when i sad, lonely. ben and jerry were the only two men in my life when i was in high school.
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>> i felt like i had a great big hole here. a hole in my soul, you know, and i tried shoving all kind of stuff in there to make it fill up. >> reporter: but greg wells retrained his brain. he's replaced the foods that he was addicted to with a healthy diet. he tells himself it's slowly killing him and that's simply no longer an option. >> i haven't been in here for a long time. in the past, he would look at that same food and say, i want that. that's my friend. that's going to make me feel better. >> he now looks at that food not as a food, he doesn't want that, he wants something more. >> i'm -- i'm around 36, 38 now. >> reporter: and that shift in perception helped him lose 130 pounds in over 14 months. >> to be able to run a 5,k now,
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this is pretty amazing for me what about carol poe's struggle to control her weight. >> what do you feel? >> after the break, will the electricity to her brain end her lifelong battle with food. [ female announcer ] we can't live in a bubble. but what we can do is arm ourselves for the ones we love with a flu shot from walgreens. ♪ [ coughs ] [ female announcer ] with the most pharmacists certified to immunize... [ sneezes ] ...and walk-ins welcome everyday,
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oh oh, wow. isn't that beautiful? >> reporter: having exhausted all other options to combat her life-threatening obesity. carol poe decided to volunteer for an experimental study at west virginia university. allowing a team of doctors to drill into her head and successfully place two electrodes in the hunger center of her brain w the hopes of controlling her cravings. that was the easy part. >> if first step was to safely insert them. the second step was to begin to try to figure out what settings could affect morbid obesity. >> drive it down one. >> reporter: the doctors can
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manually adjust the voltage going into her brain through stim lay or thes implanted in her chest. the hope is that the electricity will trick carol's mind that it's full. it's now uncharted territory and they will monitor her every step of the way. carol has already loss three pounds. >> i can feel a twitch in my neck. back here is where they put the wires down. went down into -- this is where my batteries are located. they wanted me to wait a week for my body to adapt to everything. last week they turned them on low. i don't have the cravings that i had. my body feels different. i feel better. i have more energy. if i have a craving it's a little craving and it's not a
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craving that you need to keep eating and eating. i keep things in the refridge or the that i like. >> reporter: the it's curbing her strong desire for pepsi. >> i had this bottle of pepsi for three days and look at how much is in it. three days? i would drink one of these a day before. >> reporter: as part of the study, carol is required to check in with the team every two to three weeks. the doctors have been dialing her voltage up and down with promising results. >> they turned them off for two weeks and i knew the difference. i was ready to eat. >> crystal light? just checking. >> you thought it was pepsi? totally different light. totally different. i don't want to eat all the time. >> reporter: carol is ecstatic they have been able to turn off her life long on sessibsession
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food. they tweak her voltage every visit to see if it has any effect. >> wait a minute. i'm getting sick. wait a minute. wait a minute. >> are you okay? >> give me a minute. >> this is what we do, we check the settings and the batteries. >> reporter: if she's turned up too fast, she can feel suddenly ck. >> nausea. >> yeah. >> reporter: an indication that the electrodes are still working. >> i think i'm okay. i'm better now. i mean, it goes right away as soon as they turn it down. >> reporter: the main challenge still stands, the weight loss remains elusive. if carol poe's sense of craving has been controlled, why isn't she losing more weight?
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>> the fact that she hasn't lost weight is the next phase. that is the more difficult part and the part that has to be figured out by our team here and others. >> you got nausea when she turned it up? >> yes, i did. >> reporter: dr. donald whiting has decided to change focus. >> what we learned in the last week, we have to focus on the metabolism, we can get rid of the urge and get more energy. >> we know that we can do it's just a matter of getting the metabolism. the thing that we're not getting to yet is the actual weight loss that comes down i believe, to changing the metabolism. >> reporter: so venturing further into the medical unknown, dr. whiting and his team flew carol to a special lab at lsu, where she'll spend a week by herself, sealed in this
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metabolic chamber. >> a room about as big as a closet. we turned up lethe electricity see what it did. >> reporter: day know the electrodes in her brain can control her cravings. can the same electrodes increase carol's metabolism. >> this is one of few maces in the world that has a metabolic lab where you can put a patient in the room and it measures them metabolism and it can detect a change in their metabolism very quickly. >> bye, carol. >> reporter: it's been over a year now, that she's been subject to this treatment, are you discouraged at all about the progress that she's made? >> no. i think we should be encouraged and remember it took thomas
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edison, 1350 different substa e substances before he found out that carbon was the right component for the inkicandescen bulb. >> reporter: the key is finding the right center. computers and special gauges are precisely measuring how much energy she's burning with each change. when the voltage gets too high too fast. >> what do you feel? >> it's tingling. it's tingling. >> okay, take it down to 4.5. >> reporter: almost as if carol is in a literal test tube. >> i feel like it's teacher. and it's a learning experience. for them and for me. >> once we get an idea of what each individual electrode is
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doing, and at each setting and how that effects metabolism, that allows us to go back home and be more efficient to adjust her settings to get weight loss. so, what did you think? >> it was kind of what i expected. but it was just boring. >> reporter: later in the week the medical team is cautiously optimistic. her metabolism seems to be responding to the voltage. >> it's very encouraging. >> reporter: by the end of her stay in the chamber the team discovers one setting that boosts her metabolism 18%. on top of that, over the course of the week, carol loses close to ten pounds. >> the little pieces are coming together but we don't know the end of the story yet. >> reporter: no doubt a continuing tale of challenging the very nature of one woman's mind to help tackle a nation's weight epidemic. >> if i lose weight, i do.
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